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22nd. here is a live look at . first, meteorologis t kaj o'mara has your first alert forecast, kaj... plan on clouds to hang on this morning, followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon highs will range from the upper 30s north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out ere for wednesday. rain will be around most of the day on wednesday with amounts around a half inch common, with isolated three quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas day continue to look quiet, with chanc of rain still on track for this weekend. rain amounts on this system remain in question and we'll continue to monitor this system as we get closer to the weekend.
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coralville's big debt and what to do about it will be a big topic at tonight's city council meeting. on december 9th, moody's investors service downgraded the city's bond rating. tt's generally seen ap a negative reflection of the cityty financnc and can make it harder for coralville to borrow money. the bond rating dropped to the lowest rating of investment grade on moody's scale. the company rated coralville this way becauau of its high debtbtnd liabilities. liabilities include things like ownership of a hotel and performance center. coralville has about 267-million dollars in debt. in iowa, , ly cedar raraids and des moines - both much larger cities - have more debt. coralville city officials say the rating will have little impact on residents. they say they expect to see the city continue to grow. while
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taxes do help pay off this debt, those property taxes will not increase. "no, they're not, and we have.. and we have never missed a debt payment, we continue to make those payments, and we don't have any plan to do differently." the city is moving forward with a 7-thousand seat arena project in the iowa river landing. the city says that project will open debt-free, if it gets to that point. cedar rapids and linn county public health might have to give back some federal grant money. it's part of a program to remove lead paint from older homes. if homeowners don't use the money, it will go back to the federer government. rg-tv9's forrest saunders join us live in the newsroom this morning. forrest, this grant is meant to make homes safer? that's right. in august 2013, the two groups received two- point- two millilin dollars to address lead-based paint hazards in older homes in cedar rapids. they've handled the problem in
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that time, but there's enough money left for other 125 homes. pepele have to qualify financially and have children either living in the home or visiting often. and the grant money would pay for contractors to fix the problem. children with lead paint exposure can suffer serious health problems, like learning disabilities or impaired hearing. " 13:56:04 we want to take care of all the people we can. we have a goal of 125 units to complete and we really want to get the word out to people that the money is available. and it's a short amount of time left before the program time runs out. " the city needs start the projects by july 31st or else it has to retururthe money to t t u-s department of housing and urban development. homeowners who qualify get 100-percent of the work paid for. you can find more information under this story on kcrg dot com or you can call c-r hazard hunters at 319-286-5872. back to you guys. thanks a lot forrest.
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three companies that will now manage the state's medicaid services will be able to accommodate tens of thousands of iowans. last friday, a state official terminated the state's contract with wellcare of iowa saying it failed to disclose information during the bidding process. now the department of human services will contact the people who chose wellcare. it will re-assign them equally y ong the three remaining managed care companies. the whole privatization effort has been delayed for two months. "medicaid patients will be able to stay under the present system for the 60 period. and then it depends on whether your doctor signs up for one of the three providers that have been approved. when we get to march 1, most of them will have. " overnor branstad sayayhe is confident the medicaid program will be ready for private management by march first. he said the same about the original january first deadline.
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hospital's birthing unit has seen a record $number of babies born. as of yesterdayayfinley had delivered 733 babies, which beat last year's record of 730. and many of the moms are return patients. staff says theye noticing more families having three or four children. "that's very comforting for a mom to know that when she had a great experience and lots of support the second time. " the hospital says this year, its moststopular baby names are similar to national trends. liam for a boy, and olivia for a girl. the better business bureau has a new tool to help you protect yourself from scams. it will send you text alerts about scams on your phone or through email. the bbb's website lists hundreds of the latest scams. the most common scam to watchch out for right now is the i-r-s scam. a caller will claim you owe back taxes and try to steal your personal information and money. if you ever get a call like this, it is important to take contrololf the
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"the number one rule is give out no information on the phone. this is one phone call and they ask for all sorts of personal information. that is the first sign to not do that, say 'send me documentation or let me look into this and i will get back to you, what is your number, what is your name. and at this point if it's a scam they'll usually hang up on you." to sign up for the alerer, go to k-c-r-g t com and look for this story. governor branstad wants to improve cyber- security in the executive branch of state government. he signed an executive order yesterday that requires state security agencies to develop a plan by july first on how to respond to a possible cyber attack. it requires the agencies to identify vulnerable cyber-r-ecurity areas and establish dada breach reporting protocols. the governor's order also recommends increased efforts inthe public school system to train iowans to respond to cyber- security concerns.
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game in pasadena, california, can expect some tight security for the game and the tournament of roses parade. people from the cititof pasadena and the department of homeland security will hold a news conference today with more details about the security situation. both the game and the parara are boosting security, after the recent terrorist attacks in nearby san bernadino and at an athletic stadium in paris, france. the eastern iowa airport plans to boost seserity and add more parking for the i ilux of travelers heading to pasadena. airport officials recommend passengers arrive two and aalf hours early for charter flights. comomrcial passengers should arrive 90 minutes early. airport staff hope to make it a festive atmosphere, though. they will have trivia games and extra concessions. if you're not goioi to the game, yoyocan see the rose bowl on e-s-p-n on new year's day. the hawkeyes play the stanford cardinal at four p-m, iowa time. and before the game, don't miss
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ng edition of t-v nine's "counnown to kick-off" the t-v nine sports team will preview the rose bowl starting at 9 a-m right before the tournament of roses parade. you can see that here on kcrg t-v nine. the purple heart is an award is given to military members who have been injured or killed in battle. and cedar rapids is building a place to honor to those who have been awarded a
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plan on clouds to hang on this morning, followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon highs will range from the upper 30s north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out there for wednesday. rain will be around most of the day on wednesday with amounts around a half in common, with isolated three quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas
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on track for this weekend. rain amounts on this system remain in question and we'll continue to monitor this system as we get closer to the weekend.
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there will soon be a permanent monument in cedar rapids to honor veterans who have earned the purple heart. the easrn iowa purple heart monument committee announced they will put it at the all- veterans memorial park. it's designed to be a lasting monument to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice. the city will dedicate the monument on memorial day of next year. agriculture secretary tom vilsack wants to help resolve the g-m-o labeling debate. in today's agribusiness report, one opponent of the legislation gives his opinion on whwhit would hurt iowa farmers. but right now, here's a look at
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david geiger. ---- agriculture secretary tom vilsack is expected to call together the food industry.. consumer groups.. and other representatives of the g-m-o labeling debate. according to the des moines register.. early next month.. vilsack wants to try and resolve the issue.. he says vermont's law that would require labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms could give ammo to to similar measures in other states.. which could make food more expensive. proponents for g-m-o labeling say consumers wananto know what's in ththr foods. opponents.. like the national grain and feed association are worried about labeling laws because it changes the logistics.. with different laws in different states. companies would have to separate their grain between g-m-o and non-g-m-o.. from harvest.. to bins.. to driers.. to trucks.. to manufacturer s.. all the way down the chaino a store or restaurant.. "there's a potential that we
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going away from g-m-o completely. just so they don't have to deal with those kind of additional costs of labeling and segregating a product. and i think that's a concern too, that we wouldn't have the agriculture abundance that we have right now. in terms of technology that we think is very safe." ---- there's a new coopetive in iowa.. ththmembers of farmers cooperative company or f-c and west central cooperative voted an approval for a merger.. effective april first. the unified cooperative will be called landus cooperative.. and will be led by the west central president milan kucerak.. headquartere d in ames.. together.. west central and f-c have re than 70 grain.. agronomy.. and feed locations in 26 iowa counties... according to world grain magazine's grain and milling annual.. landus coop.. will become the seventh largest grain company in north america based on storage capacity.. it
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rail lines. ---- the cattle markets are still getting significant rallies.. but the grains are still rangebound. "the grain market's taken a little bit of a breather from the end of last week where we had a rally. all eyes are on the weather in south america we did have improved moisture chance in some..." "...of t t dry areas and also o did have better rains over the weekend. so that's taking a little bit of a bloom off of the upside of the market. some pressure here. the other thing that is giving us some pressure here today is the argentina taking the tax off of corn and wheat and reducing the soybean tax along with the devaluation of the argentine eso so what we really have is just an increase in world competition." " "the cattle market on friday closed limit up. we have expanded limits on cattle today. but it's all about the fact that the cattle on feed report was positive. the repeal of the cool legislation was positive and the mud
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continue to slow down the overall carcass where we've a ao demand." follow the cattle market to the upside. i think the market is also positioning for the all important quarterly hog and pig report so we're seeing some squaring of positions ahead of that." the colfax sheep and goat auction on saturday saw 249 head of sheep. feeder lambs fetched the days high average price $1.72 per pound, whwhe fed lambs averaged $1.34 per pound. the 69 goats at the auction saw a high average price ranging from $87.50 to $165 per head. ---- and that wraps up the show today.. thanks for joining us.. i'll see you again next time ---- we'll post a video every day in the agribusiness section of kcrg.c. you'll find it under the news tab. i'm david geiger with the agribusiness report. trt 3.49 oc webteasas you have to be goo and sometimes lucky to make a 3 point shot on the basketball court. as scott saville goes
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athlete of the weeee he'll need a little luck.
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followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon highs will range from the upper 30s north to lower 40s0south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out there for wednesday. rain will be around most of the da on wednesday with amounts around a half inch common, with isolated three quarterernch amounts. christmas eve and chririmas day continue to look quiet, with chances of rain still on track for this weweend. rain amounts on this s stem remain in question and we'll continue to monitor this system as we get closer to
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lost shoes and lost players. one basketball player can't keep his footing or his shoes. and high school football players can't keep track of who is on or off the field. more in today's golden klutz. remember when chris fowler scared the dickens out kirk sherbsreit on holloween. well herbsteit got fowler back on the jimmy kimmell show another look in slow mo love the face. he might want change his diaper. best slide the lsu basketball team into the photog. but checkout his teammat he slides into cheerleader and i hate when this happens you lose your shoe and the opposing player picks it up and throws off court . hey what are doing. ref says that wasn't'tery nice. worst ininunds pass of the week he throws it off the back of the basket and out of bounce. worst half court shot a little wide and long missed it by 30
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would never end the steelers william gay. thinks he is out at the club dances with every player on the team. he was even dancing on his kneess walking off the field. ya that is a little excessive. that will cost him and it's have someone covering the outside receiver who's got brandon marshall nobody. it could be worse i love the ole fake standing on the sideline play. whatch number jogging off the field on the punt. but he never leaves the field and just stsnds next to the sideline and theyake t punt and he is widedepen because the other team thinks he standing on the sideliines. i am surprised they don't try that pay mor often. just a little deception but legal. and i took on athlete of the week samantha uhlenkamp. in a blinded folded 3 contest good night you're watching kcrg-tv9. now,
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banning the box. one group wants to get rid of the space on applications asking if applicants are convicted felons. campaigning in eastern iowa. fresh off her debate performance, hillary clinton will make stops in eastern iowa today. preventing lead poisoning. ty leaders in cedar rapids hope more people will take advantage of funds to handle the problem. and you're looking live at our city cam this morning. first, meteorologis t kaj o'mara has your first alert forecast, kaj... plan on clouds to hang on this morning, followed by partiaclearing this afternoon. afternoon highs will range from the upper 30s nnth to lower 40s south. plan more clouds to come in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out there for wednesday. rain will be around most of the day on wednesday
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common, with isolated three quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas day continue to look quiet, with chances of rain still on track for this weekend. rain amounts on this sysysm remaiaiin question and we'll contitie to monitor this system as we get closer to the weekend. thanks kaj. the human rights commission in dubuque is urging prospective employers to not ask job applicants whether they are convicted felons. t& they call the initiativi "ban the box." it refers to the box on applications that asks if you're a convicted felon. members of the human rights commission asked the dubuque city council to discuss that initiative. the council talked about it at yesterday's meeting, but
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commission isn't asking the city to change a law or ordinance. it says it just wants a discussion. the commission says it can be next to impossible for a convicted felon to find a job after prison. "they will be a ae to let the employers know, 'yeah i have a criminal background but this is what happened.' as opposed to checking the box and the emplor says 'nope', even if they may be qualified. " the dubuque area chamber of commerce says the change could could cause safety concerns for employers. the city of dubuque itself has removed the convicted felon question from its job applications. but it does criminal background checks. we told you earlier this year about the ban the box initiative in waterloo. the city's human rights commission says right now it's focusing on banning the box on employment applications. the commission says it hopes to meet with the city's chamber of commerce soon. following this weekend's democratic presidential debate, the two frontrunners are
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hillary clinton, will be making stops in eastern iowa today. she'll start off with a town hall at keota high school at 12:15 this afternoon. then, clinton is going to fairfield to hold another town hall event there at 4:45. finally, she will finish off t day with a volunteeeethank-you event in bettendorf. that will be at 7:15 tonight. second in the polls, senator bernie sanders is also campaigning in iowa. he's on the other side of the state with visits in storm lake, carroll, and council bluffs. this is video from sanders' event yesterday in sioux city. mike huckabee is in eastern iowa, trying to boost low poll numbers. today he is stopping in new hampton, cresco, osage, northwoodod and fofost city. yesterday, huckabee stopped at the kava house caf in swisher to answer questions from supporters. the former arkansas goveor says he is not worried about the upcomingg caucus and d imaries, even though he's near the bottom of the pack. "you know if i thought it was over i would go home put my feet up and get back to living a nice
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trudging through the snow and going out there and spending all of january in some of the coldest weather in north america." he said his campaign condued its own poll and found about 75 percent of iowans are still undecideded the g-o-p presidential field is down to 13. soh carolina senator lindsey he had been polling in the low single digits since he launched his campaign last june. but graham says he plans to stay engaged in the discussion over national security and defeating isis. a fairfield man will serve 3 years probation for violations of the transport and display of a grizzly bear he killed in alaska. 35-year-old brenton clark pleaded guilty to charges that he transported illegally-killed wildlife. clark admitted to killing a bear in alaska and taking it back for display in his home in jefferson county. clark's probation includes a 2-thousand dollar fine, 120 days of home
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and community service. he will also have restrictions on possessing firearms and hunting. the iowa division of criminal investigation says eddie tipton may have had access to lottery jackpots in as many as 37 states. tipton is already serving a 10 year sentence on two fraud charges here in iowa. he's a former lottery security worker who installed secret software on the mamaines that randomly generate winning lotto numbers. then, he would know the winning digits in advance. investigators say he tried to get people he knew to collect the multi-million dollar winnings in other states. "we're looking into any jackpots that could be associated with eddie tipton." tipton's attorney says there is no evidence that he taaered with any of the computers. waterloo police say one woman is responsible for stabbing another woman on sunday. 37-year-old rachel berger faces charges of willful injury causing serious injury and going armed. she's in the black hawk county
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police say berger got into a fight with the other woman at berger's home 604 burton avenue. they say berger stabbed the woman three times as the victim was leaving. police found the victim at a home in the 400 block of riehl street and took her to the hospital. the amana fire chief says it's unlikely investigators will be able to determine what caused the fire at the amana golf course on november 6th. the state fire marshal's office determined there are too many variables and nothing points to one of them being the cause. the fire chief says the cause will be listed as unknown. the building was destroyed, but nobody was hurt. time is running out for people to use federal grant money through a proroam called " "r hazard hunters." homeowners in cedar rapids can apply for help to get rid of lead paint in their houses. kcrg-tv9's forrest saunders joins us at the desk this morning. forrest, cedar rapids and linn countntpublic health received the federal grant in the summer of 2013.
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months left before t`e city has to return any unused grant momoy. the grant ms to prevent childhood lead poisoning. the city says a home is more likely to have lead-based paint if it was built before 1978, which is referred to as the "danger zone." so far, crews have only finished working on 20 homes. they have enough federal funding for 125 homes, and sti hope to get to that within the next seven months. a cedar rapids couple is preparing for city crews to come and remove the lead paint with a baby only a few months old. 14:13:15 " it's not scary anymore now that they are going to be taking care of it and abating it. if we see any more chipping or anything like that we can call and the city will come take care of that too." the money covers inspection costs, improvement costs, healthy homes assessments, and relocation assistance during repairs. the city says they do have some properties in the works right now. families who apply have to meet financial guidelines and need to have children in the home or have children
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usededntil the end of july next year. we do have the contact information for this project posted on kcrg dot com. alright, thanks a lot forrest. the iowa secretary of state's office is accepting applications for the safe at home program. it's a program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, trafficking, and stalking. it gives them a legal post office box address for government records. lieutenant governor kim reynolds expects about 150 people will sign up in the first half of the year. ""this program offers a way out. it's not the answer, there's other initiatives that we will continue to work on, but it is, ayou indicated, another tool in the tool box to start to make a difference for individuals that are suffering." " iowa joins 33 other states in adopting the program. people in cedar rapids are remembering the lives of two homeless people who were killed earlier this year. the catherine mcauley center hosted a memorial walk
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raymond ursino and 41-year-old sharon mead. last night, participants stoppedd at the places the two were found and held a candlelight vigil for them. " 14:33:32 at that time, it could have been me. it could have been someone else knew. so many people out there. " angela jones - knew both victims jennifer tibbetts , "14:38:16 homeless is really an issue in our community. we need to remember that. we don't see the homeless population. they are the invisible population in our community they are there and they are struggling.. " the event coincided with national homeless persons' remembrance day. this is the last week for the johnson county salvation army's bell ringers, who are trying to reach a goal of 325 thousand dollars in red kettle donations. and small communities in the county are trying to help them get there. earlier this holiday season, a solon resident noticed there wasn't a single red kettle in that city. she reached out to the salvation army, and the were
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first kettle. it's on the counter top at sam's main street market. salvation army development director trisha smith says this gives residents of aller communities a chance to donate without leaving their town. "one of the goals for the salvation army of johnson county is to get out into the smaller communities with our services, and one way to open that door up is to introduce our kettles in on the counter top level, and then eventually we can get enough volunteer support that we cc do a stand kettle in the community." smith says so far, people have dropped more than 2- hundred dollars in the son kettle, which is a lot for a single location kettle. children from the boys and girls clubs in cedar rapids will be going around giving random acts of kindness. these kids will be surprising everyone from neighbors to businesseseso city departments. boys and girls clubs officials say this event is to help cb increased violence in cedar rapids. this is the 5th year for the event. a famous fast food chain is
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popular comfort food. mcdonald's is hoping this extta cheesy side dish will help bring in somemextra dough. traffic is moving slow in some
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plan on clouds to hang on this morning, followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon highs will range from the upper 30s north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds to come in tonight, leading to anher good rain chanceut there for wednesday. rain will be aroundndost of the day on wednesday
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common, with isolated three quarter inch amounts. christmas eve and christmas day continue to look quiet, with chances of rain still on track for this weekend. rain amounts on this system remain in question and we'll continue to monitor is system as we get closer to the weekend.
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we are closer to having a new building in the cedar rapids skyline. conststction workers placed the last beam on top of the crst building yesterday. and a lot of people involved with the project had a chance to leave their marks. owners, workers, and architects wrote their signatures on ththbeam before hoisting it to the top of the building. construction workers also
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with the beam. c-r-s-t's international corporate headquarters will occupy two floors of the building. and bankers trust, r-s-m international, and holmes murphy will fill the rest of the eleven stories. the building should be done by july. chipotltlhit another snag thihi morning. the burrito chain is dealing with another e-coli scare. this one much closer to iowa. stay with your 24 hour
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quiet trading day yesterday. investors are taking advantage of this shortened week for the holidays. all three indeces finished in positive territory yesterday. the dow jones gained 123 points. the s and p rose 15. the nasdaq -- 45. oil prices are on their way to a seven-year low, closing below 35 dollars a barrel. markets close early ursday and are closed friday for christmas. chipotle's stock took a a t yesterday on news that the chain is linked to a second e-coli outbreak. the c-d-c is looking into reports that five people in north dakota, kansas and oklahoma have gotten sick after eating at the restaurant. the stock lost 3.5 percent. and mcdonald's is testing
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chee at a cleveland restaurant. you can get it a-la-carte or as happy meal option. the fast food giant has been experimenting with different menu options in order to boost sales. its all-day breakfast promotion has helped the company's bottom line. it's herere a live look at ??? on our city cam.
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plan on clouds to hang on this morning, followed by partial clearing this afternoon. afternoon highs s ll range from the upper 30s north to lower 40s south. plan on more clouds t tcome in tonight, leading to another good rain chance out there for wednesday. rain will be around most of the day on wednesdaa with amounts around a half inch@ common, with isolated three quarter inch a aunts. christmas eve and christmas day continue to look quiet, with
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on track for this weekend. rara amounun on this system remain in question and we'll continue to monitor this system as we get closer to the weekend. thanks kaj. here's a look at today's top stories... the human rights commission in dubuque is urging prospective employers not to ask job applicants whether they are convicted felons. they call the initiative "ban
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the commimiion says it can be hard for a convicted felon to find a job after being released from prison. but the dubuque area chamber of commerce says the change could cause safety concerns for employers. the coralville city council will discuss how to address the city's big debt at its meeting today. moody's investors service downgraded the city's bond rating earlier this month. that can make it harder for thth city to borrow money. the city says property taxes will not go up and the city will continue to grow. t oc good tuesday morning to you
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tonight.. solon hosted kennedy. jon mckowen caing the shots for the cougars.....jas on pershing for the spararns and he a was little excited. early on, brevin hill slices through the kennedy defense with the nice finger roll. but the cougars foced 19 turnovers in the first half: mahew
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the easy duce. solon's leading scorer streeter mcilravy got very few looks. this was his only basket of the first half. meanwhile drake brewster was a one man wrecking crew as the cougars jumped out to a 15 point halftime lead. and then brewster finds future hawkeye football player shaun beyer down low and kenendy beat solon .... former linn-mar mister basketball marcus paige had 9 points tonight as his tarheels beat app state 94-70. marcus only played 17 minutes after jamming his ankle. uni guard wes washpun was named the mvc player ofofhe week for the second time this season. wes had 28 points and 11 assist in the 81-79 upset win over iowa state. iowa walk on forward nicholas baer was named the big 10 freshman of the week today. baer came off the bench to score 13 points, grab 7 rebounds, and block 6 shots in a 70-64 win over drake. ootball news. iowa state signed a big time high school quarterback today.. 6'3 210 pound zeb
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for the cyclones. noland who just received an offer from alabama will graduate early and enroll at iowa state fofothe spring semester. and finally it's monday time to
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you're looking live on our citycam this morning. it's december 22nd and this is what you need to know today. the coralville city council will meet today to discuss the city's large debt a a poor bond rating. city leaders say they won't increase property taxes. the human rights commission in dubuque is urging prospective employers to "ban the box" by not asking job applicants if they are convicted felons. time is running out for homeowners in cedar rapids to use federal grant money to get rid of lead-based paint. the campaign for 20-16 ip heating up as donald trump and hillary clinton take jabs at each other. and the new comments are
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